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116 Members of Congress Urge Obama to Read The Constitution Before Moving Forward in Syria

116 Members of Congress Urge Obama to Read The Constitution Before Moving Forward in Syria | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it

One wonders if Barack Obama lends an ear to anything Congress says. I mean, after all, they aren't threatening impeachment. They don't even consider it worthwhile. So what's to keep Obama from

 

// source-Url: http://dcclothesline.com/2013/08/30/116-members-of-congress-urge-obama-to-read-the-constitution-before-moving-forward-in-syria/.


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US's Kerry caught using fake photos to fuel Syrian conflict cc @StateDept #syria #syrie #siria

US's Kerry caught using fake photos to fuel Syrian conflict cc @StateDept #syria #syrie #siria | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it

Secretary of State John Kerry opened his speech Friday by describing the horrors victims of the chemical weapon attack had suffered, including twitching, spasms and difficulty breathing.

 

source Url: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_08_31/USs-Kerry-caught-using-fake-photos-to-fuel-Syrian-conflict-6127/


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US's Kerry caught using fake photos to fuel Syrian conflict cc @StateDept #syria #syrie #siria

 

Secretary of State John Kerry opened his speech Friday by describing the horrors victims of the chemical weapon attack had suffered, including twitching, spasms and difficulty breathing. Attempting to drive the point home, Kerry referenced a photograph used by the BBC, illustrating a child jumping over hundreds of dead bodies covered in white shrouds. The Secretary of State forgot to mention, however, that this photo was taken during US intervention in Iraq back in 2003.

The photo which was later retracted was meant to depict victims who allegedly succumbed to the effects of chemical weapons launched by Assad’s regime.

However, it was later exposed that the photograph used had been taken in 2003 in Iraq. 
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_08_31/USs-Kerry-caught-using-fake-photos-to-fuel-Syrian-conflict-6127/

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Göring's List: Should Israel Honor a Leading Nazi's Brother? - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Leading Nazi Hermann Göring was instrumental to Hitler's reign of terror, but research suggests his brother Albert saved the lives of dozens of Jews.

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Let's wait until the decision is taken .. 

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decide if Albert Göring was "not a Jew" or not "not a Jew" — that should be interesting
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The Italian Elections Prove That Austerity Is Not Working for Europe

The Italian Elections Prove That Austerity Is Not Working for Europe | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it
The outcome of the Italian elections should send a clear message to Europe’s leaders: the austerity policies that they have pursued are being rejected by voters. The European project, as idealistic as it was, was always a top-down endeavor.

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Egyptian Chronicles: When Gameela spoke on behalf of millions of Egyptians

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(...) I would like to thank Mrs. Gameela Ismail for representing millions of Egyptians and speaking on their behalf in front of US department of State secretary John Kerry

(..) I would like you to spread this word of Mrs. Gameela Ismail, the member of Constitution Party all over the social media because this letter is actually represents what millions of Egyptians when it comes to Egyptian American relations.


Here is what Gameela told John Kerry from two weeks ago in Cairo.

 

Mr Secretary of State,
After consideration, I have decided to accept the invitation, which I received in a personal capacity, to attend this meeting today. I do not represent the Constitution Party here because it has a chairman who should have been invited properly, something that had not happened. My address is aimed at your accompanying delegation of future makers. Part of it is for you.
Mr Kerry, you are here today with a large team of people who, according to reports, will be in charge of foreign policy in the future. I mean the future which we are paying a heavy price for today. This is why part of my speech is addressed to you, Mr Kerry, while the larger part is for your team.
You are presently in Egypt at a very complicated juncture, one in which we are living pain, hope, dreams, nightmares, revolution and tyranny all at the same time. Let me sum up to you what I would like you to see with us.
Egypt does not need new aid. Egypt needs to build a new relation on new foundations, not those laid since Nixon’s visit in 1974.
Our country is not a guinea pig. You supported a semi-military regime in the past. Now you are supporting a semi-theocratic regime so that each would play the role required of it. You supported Mubarak to the last breath. You stood in the way of a people’s dream to come out of the labyrinth of dictatorship. You can deal with our revolution as an “uprising” as you describe it in your statements. For us it is a “revolution” which is still in progress. Honourable people have paid the ultimate price to build a country in which we feel freedom, justice and dignity. We did not have a revolution to repaint the presidential palace or for the protocol official at your embassy to update his contacts book. Had Lincoln, whom your country celebrates, stopped at purchasing new clothes for the slaves and retained slavery America would not be proud today of its freedom or saying that its democracy makes it strong.

 

 

More on: http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/when-gameela-spoke-on-behalf-of.html


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La grève des policiers se poursuit en Égypte

La grève des policiers se poursuit en Égypte | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it

Des milliers de policiers en grève partout en Égypte ont refusé de retourner au travail jeudi, pour protester contre ce qu'ils qualifient de politisation des forces en faveur des Frères musulmans, dont le président Mohamed Morsi est issu.

Au Caire, des douzaines de policiers ont bloqué l'entrée d'un des principaux postes de police de la ville et ont exprimé leur colère envers les politiques de M. Morsi. D'autres se sont regroupés devant le domicile de M. Morsi à Zagazig, au nord-est de la capitale.

La grève, qui en était à sa quatrième journée, représente une rare occasion où des policiers défient les ordres de leurs supérieurs. Le mouvement menace d'affaiblir les forces de sécurité égyptiennes, déjà ébranlées par deux années de troubles à la suite du renversement du président Hosni Moubarak.

Les policiers protestent entre autres contre la possibilité d'être jugés devant un tribunal militaire et se plaignent que les lois ne les protègent pas quand ils doivent remplir leurs fonctions.

Mentionnons que pendant des décennies, la police égyptienne a ciblé les Frères musulmans et d'autres groupes islamistes considérés comme illégaux.

Jeudi, le ministère de l'Intérieur a déclaré dans un communiqué qu'il se tenait à distance égale de tous les partis et que le ministre était objectif dans ses décisions.

Cette grève survient quelques jours seulement avant qu'une cour ne rende son verdict contre des accusés qui se sont retrouvés devant la justice à la suite d'une émeute qui a fait 74 victimes à Port-Saïd. Neuf membres des forces de sécurité font partie des 73 accusés dans ce dossier. (Radio-Canada)

 

http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2013/03/07/011-greve-policiers-egyptiens.shtml


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des liens en lire de plus via Égypte Actualités:

 

- http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/66361/Egypt/Politics-/Disaffected-police-plan-protests-against-Egypts-in.aspx

 

- http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ministry-preparing-bill-private-security-companies-help-police

 

- http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/security-source-more-30-police-stations-closed-past-few-hours

 

- http://www.atlasinfo.fr/Egypte-greve-des-policiers-pour-reclamer-le-depart-du-ministre-de-l-Interieur_a40036.html

 

- http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/seven-central-security-camps-shut-down-cairo

 

- http://news.egypt.com/english/permalink/174890.html

(Army replacing police forces)

 

- http://news.egypt.com/english/permalink/174896.html

(Police vs. Muslim Brotherhood)

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Egypt court halts April elections

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An Egyptian administrative court has suspended general elections that were scheduled to begin next month.

It said it acted because the upper house of parliament had not returned the amended electoral law to the Constitutional Court for review.

The poll - set by President Mohammed Morsi for 22 April - has been boycotted by the main opposition.

It has said the electoral law favours Mr Morsi's Islamist supporters - a claim denied by the president.

 

More on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21689545


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further links via Égypte actualités:

 

http://www.ouest-france.fr/ofdernmin_-Egypte.-La-justice-annule-la-date-de-debut-des-elections-legislatives_6346-2170231-fils-tous_filDMA.Htm

 

http://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-slips-into-a-security-void/

 

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/arab-league-meeting-moved-due-tahrir-clashes

 

http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=4a924460-1abc-4fe9-81d8-f74c0028146c

 

 

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Beppe Grillo's antics may yet shake the whole European system

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Simon Jenkins: From Italy to Eastleigh, the economics of self-flagellation have set off a wave of wildcat populism, with unpredictable results

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Eine allzu lange unterschätzte Gefahr - Olaf Sundermeyer: Rechter Terror in Deutschland. Täter, Opfer und der hilflose Staat - via literaturkritik.de 28.02.2013 | offene Ablage: nothing to hide

Eine allzu lange unterschätzte Gefahr - Olaf Sundermeyer: Rechter Terror in Deutschland. Täter, Opfer und der hilflose Staat - via literaturkritik.de 28.02.2013 | offene Ablage: nothing to hide | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it


Besprechung zu - Olaf Sundermeyer: Rechter Terror in Deutschland. Täter, Opfer und der hilflose Staat. Verlag C. H. Beck, München, 2012.

Rezension von H.-Georg Lützenkirchen (28.02.2013)

(unter: http://www.literaturkritik.de/public/rezension.php?rez_id=17614 )

 

 

 

 

Der Skandal des Umgangs mit rechter Gewalt in Deutschland liegt darin, dass diese Gewalt lange Zeit überhaupt nicht angemessen wahrgenommen wurde. Gerne wurde sie kleingeredet, es war dann von wahlweise bedauernswerten oder erschreckenden Einzelfällen die Rede, oft wurde ein rechtsextremer Hintergrund nicht wahrgenommen und die Tat ging als ‚normale‘ Gewalttat in die Statistik ein. Eine verfehlte Extremismustheorie, die rechte und linke Gewalt gerne gleichsetzte, verhinderte zudem den Blick auf die spezifischen Bedingungen rechter Gewalt in Deutschland. Nicht auf dem rechten Auge blind war der Staat, er war schlicht nicht informiert.

 

Entsprechend groß war der Schock, als 2011 die rechte Terrorgruppe „Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund“ (NSU) eher zufällig aufgedeckt wurde. 

 

[...]

 

Rechtsextremisten fühlen sich in einer „permanenten Notwehrsituation“. In ihrer Logik sind ‚Ausländer‘ Beweis für eine bedrohende Überfremdung; Linke und andere „Gutmenschen“ leisten dieser Überfremdung Vorschub und bedrohen damit zudem die „weiße Rasse“. Überall Bedrohung, gegen die man sich mit Taten statt Worten wehren muss. „Und Taten“, so schreibt Sundermeyer, „sind Gewalttaten“. Sie gehören zum Rechtsextremismus – den Sundermeyer als eine Ideologie beschreibt, „die von der Ungleichwertigkeit der Menschen ausgeht und Gewalt als Mittel der Politik sieht“.

 

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Sundermeyers „Geschichte der Gewalt“ beginnt in den 1980er-Jahren. Als markantes Datum steht das „Oktoberfestattentat“ in München, bei dem am 26.September 1980 13 Menschen ums Leben kamen – unter ihnen auch der mutmaßliche Attentäter. Bis heute ist der Hintergrund dieses Anschlages nicht vollständig aufgeklärt. Spuren führen aber zur „Wehrsportgruppe Hoffmann“. Deren ehemaliger „Chef“ Karl Heinz Hoffmann ist nach wie vor in der rechten Szene aktiv. Sundermeyer berichtet von einem bizarren Besuch bei Hoffmann, der ihm die „wahren Hintergründe“ des Attentats in München zu erläutern versucht. In Hoffmanns Wehrsportgruppe waren jedenfalls viele, die mit Gewalttaten auffielen. Der Autor nennt sie alle.

 

[...]

 

 

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CADTM - Allemagne-Grèce : deux poids, deux mesures - Voici 60 ans, l’annulation de la dette allemande

CADTM - Allemagne-Grèce : deux poids, deux mesures - Voici 60 ans, l’annulation de la dette allemande | oAnth's day by day interests - via its scoop.it contacts | Scoop.it

Voici 60 ans, en février 1953, à Londres était signé un accord historique sur la dette allemande. Les termes de l’accord signé tranchent radicalement avec la manière dont est aujourd’hui traitée la Grèce. Après la seconde guerre mondiale, de multiples conditions ont été réunies pour permettre à l’Allemagne de l’Ouest de se développer rapidement en permettant la reconstruction de son appareil industriel. Non seulement la dette contractée par l’Allemagne en-dehors des deux guerres mondiales a été réduite de plus de 60%, mais le règlement des dettes de guerre et le paiement des réparations aux victimes civiles et aux Etats ont été reportés à une date indéterminée : de fait, à la réunification allemande qui est intervenue en 1990 et au traité de paix qui a été signé à Moscou la même année entre les autorités des deux Allemagnes en cours d’unification, les Etats-Unis, l’URSS, le Royaume-Uni et la France. Le poids des réparations sur l’économie allemande a donc été longtemps différé. Et dans le cas des réparations dues à la Grèce, celles-ci n’ont pas représenté le moindre effort de la part de l’Allemagne puisque les autorités allemandes refusent de donner suite aux demandes grecques...

 

 


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Qatar's influence in Egypt runs deeper than its pockets

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Qatar's generosity towards Egypt is widely seen by non-Islamist Egyptians as the Gulf state seeking to establish a foothold in countries that have been swept by Arab Spring revolts.

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Qatar was an anathema to former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who had made no secret of his contempt for the super-rich state and what he saw as its propaganda tool, Al Jazeera television.

But all that changed with the fall of the Mubarak regime in 2011 and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood as Egypt's most powerful political group.

Qatar has since poured billions of dollars into Egypt, mostly as bonds to bolster the country's fast-dwindling coffers. Top Qatari officials, from the emir down to the head of his intelligence agency and the powerful prime minister, have been frequent visitors to Cairo in recent months.

On the Egyptian side, the Brotherhood, rather than the foreign ministry, controls the country's dealings with Qatar. Khairat El Shater, a wealthy businessman and arguably the Brotherhood's most powerful figure who was disqualified from running in the country's 2012 election for president, has been the regime's point man on relations with Qatar, frequently flying there on unannounced visits.

Top Qatari officials say they are helping Egypt because they do not want to see the country's economy continue to sink. (The National)

 

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Egypt's Options Narrow To IMF, Qatar As Money Runs Out

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Egypt seems to realise the money has nearly run out and it must turn to the IMF or a willing friend in the Gulf, where it now has just one, Qatar.

After months of delays, the Islamist government has produced a new plan to reverse a slide in its foreign currency reserves and tackle a budget deficit that could overwhelm a stable wealthy nation, let alone a country riven by political conflict.

This plan relies on someone else stumping up to keep the Arab world's most populous nation afloat. Any hope that the government can hold out until after parliamentary elections due to finish in June and delay highly unpopular cuts seems slim, with signs of extreme economic stress all around.

That narrows Cairo's immediate options to the International Monetary Fund, which will demand the kind of austerity measures that could provoke yet more street violence in the middle of an election campaign.

 

The other option is Qatar, the only wealthy Gulf nation truly sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood government. Doha has already provided help but in amounts that have failed to prevent Egypt's currency reserves from falling worryingly low.

"The authorities have little margin of manoeuvre left without fresh capital flows into the Egyptian economy," said Alia Moubayed, an economist at Barclays.

 

Above all, economists believe, Egypt needs a political consensus on reforms to stabilise its finances. However, this seems a forlorn hope as the Islamists of President Mohamed Mursi struggle with the liberal and leftist opposition over the future character of Egypt following the 2011 revolution.(...)

 

PROBLEMS PILE UP

Since then the problems have piled up. The central bank, which spent $20 billion trying to defend the Egyptian pound during and after the uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak, accepted the inevitable. In late December, it began regular dollar auctions, allowing the pound to fall more than eight percent under the new system and taking its total loss since the revolution to 14 percent.

Defending the pound helped to curb a rise in the price of imported goods on which even the poorest Egyptians often depend, but it has been enormously costly for the state.  (..)

 

RALLYING AROUND?

Investment Minister Saleh professes optimism that the nation will rally behind the programme of austerity and reform that is bound to be the price of an IMF deal. "We don't see any reasons why the Egyptian people should reject the programme. They will eventually realise that the benefits they will get will outweigh the load they will carry," he told investors in Dubai on Monday.

Few analysts and economists share his optimism. Even after the parliamentary elections - which will drag on from April to June in four stages - radical change seems remote. (...)

 

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L'Egypte veut s'ouvrir à d'autres touristes, notamment iraniens

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http://www.20minutes.fr/ledirect/1107045/egypte-veut-ouvrir-a-autres-touristes-notamment-iraniens


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Confronté à une baisse des visiteurs occidentaux en raison des incertitudes politiques, le gouvernement égyptien cherche à attirer de nouveaux touristes, notamment iraniens.

Le ministre du Tourisme Hisham Zaazou effectuera à partir de lundi une visite à Téhéran pour «rétablir l'activité touristique en Egypte et découvrir des marchés nouveaux et diversifiés», indique dimanche le ministère dans un communiqué. Le président iranien Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a effectué au début du mois la première visite en Egypte d'un président iranien depuis la révolution islamique de 1979.

L'activité issue du tourisme représentait encore récemment plus de 10% du PIB égyptien. En 2010, 14,7 millions de touristes s'étaient rendus en Egypte. Ils n'étaient plus que 9,8 millions en 2011.

20 minutes, avec Reutershttp://www.20minutes.fr/ledirect/1107045/egypte-veut-ouvrir-a-autres-touristes-notamment-iraniens
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Military-Ruled Egypt Opposes US Strike on #Syria - Juan Cole

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Military-Ruled Egypt Opposes US Strike on #Syria - Juan Cole

 

The newly assertive Egyptian military and the civilian transitional government in Egypt are helping make President Obama’s life difficult. Likely it was Egypt that blocked the Arab League from calling for intervention against the Syrian regime despite its condemnation of Damascus for using chemical weapons.

Egyptian foreign minister Nabil Fahmy rejected a Western strike on Syria. He said that no country could attack another save in self-defense or in the case of a UN Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force. The military-dominated government in Cairo despises political Islam and therefore doesn’t like the rebel forces. It now tilts toward the Arab Nationalist line of the Syrian Baath.

Leftist Egyptian politician Hamdeen Sabahi called on all Arabs to unite against a Western attack on Syria. He warned that if Syria were hit, Egypt would be next. This is paranoid stuff; the US has no intention of bombing Egypt!

Some Egyptian officials have criticized the US for not having a clear strategy for ‘the day after’.

Hosni Mubarak and Muhammad Morsi might have cooperated with the US on a strike. Those days are long past.

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Bernanke Surrenders To Elizabeth Warren On Too Big To Fail

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Lest there was any doubt, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made it loud and clear on Wednesday: The problem of too-big-to-fail banks is still a major threat to the economy.

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"Too Big To Fail was a major source of the crisis," he added a little later, "and we will not have successfully responded to the crisis if we do not address that successfully."
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"Ancient Egyptian Administration", edited by Juan Carlos Moreno García, CNRS

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Egypt-actus's curator insight, March 15, 2013 11:09 AM

"Ancient Egyptian Administration" provides the first comprehensive overview of the structure, organization and evolution of the pharaonic administration from its origins to the end of the Late Period. The book not only focuses on bureaucracy, departments, and official practices but also on more informal issues like patronage, the limits in the actual exercise of authority, and the competing interests between institutions and factions within the ruling elite. Furthermore, general chapters devoted to the best-documented periods in Egyptian history are supplemented by more detailed onesdealing with specific archives, regions, and administrative problems. The volume thus produced by an international team of leading scholars will be an indispensable, up-to-date, tool of research covering a much-neglected aspect of pharaonic civilization.


Brill, 2013

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dommage qu'il soit si cher, +230 €
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Jean-Henry Morin : La Responsabilité numérique - vers un nouvel ordre mondial

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Cet ouvrage traite des problématiques et enjeux de la régulation de l'internet. Les études récentes montrent qu'une personne sur deux est amenée quotidiennement à contourner les politiques de sécurité informatique établie par leur organisation (privée ou publique), parce qu'elles les empêchent tout simplement de faire leur travail. Cette situation a des effets néfastes sur la qualité du travail et le management, tant pour l'employeur, car ces pratiques de contournement ont lieu à son insu, que pour l'employé, qui, en dérogeant aux règles de sécurité expose son organisation à des risques. 
Dans le même temps, les affaires récentes de Megaupload, de l'Hadopi, Acta, etc., montrent une volonté forte de la part des États, de certaines institutions ou même des entreprises privées de réguler l'internet. Internet est devenu un média global. Mais sa nature " ouverte ", qui en a fait son succès, a également fait surgir un casse-tête juridique (lois, gouvernance, etc.). Et en cela, il est l'exemple type d'une nouvelle classe de problèmes globaux (la finance mondiale, etc.) pour lesquels les solutions et institutions traditionnelles sont actuellement en rupture. 
Ce livre fait l'analyse approfondie de tous ces enjeux et propose des solutions concrètes pour une nouvelle responsabilité numérique. L'auteur est un spécialiste international de : la gestion des droits et des politiques numériques (DRM / DPM) ; la sécurité des systèmes informatiques ; la sécurité socialement responsable et durable (green security) ; la gouvernance des risques informationnels ; la protection des données, du commerce et des services électroniques.


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From Contagion to Incoherence: Toward a model of the unfolding Eurozone Crisis

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This post offers readers a fully-fledged analytical model of the unfolding Eurozone Crisis. It begins with a macro-economic analysis of the Crisis’ causes and then, importantly, models the feedback between Europe’s institutional and policy responses and the contagion process that began with Greece. For the fully-fledged (wonkish) version of the paper,

 

 

 

click here ( http://varoufakis.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/from-contagion-to-incoherence-a-simple-macroeconomic-model-of-the-eurozone-crisis1.pdf ). What follows below is a maths-free summary of each of the paper’s sections.

 

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The Boom Not The Slump: The Right Time for Austerity?


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A recent paper by Alberto F. Alesina and Silvia Ardagna
(2009), “Large Changes in Fiscal Policy: Taxes Versus
Spending” (henceforth A & A), looks at a cross section of
deficit reduction policies among different countries. It
examines examples where large-scale deficit reduction is
associated with economic expansion and where the
debt-to-GDP ratio falls in the medium-term (3 years
a#er the adjustment). Based on this research, many
popular commentators suggest that the U.S. can adopt
such a policy and grow.1


However, upon a further examination of the data such a
conclusion is unmerited. The overwhelming majority of
the episodes used by A & A did not see deficit reduction
in the middle of a slump. Where they did, it o#en
resulted in a decline in the subsequent growth rate or an
increase in the debt-to-GDP ratio. Of the 26 episodes
that they identify as ‘expansionary’, in virtually none did
the country a) reduce the deficit when the economy was
in a slump and b) increase growth rates while reducing
the debt-to-GDP ratio. The sole example not covered
by those two qualifiers can be explained by a
combination of two policy maneuvers that are not easily
available to the U.S. at the moment: currency
depreciation and interest rate reduction.

 

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open access: http://www.rooseveltinstitute.org/sites/all/files/not_the_time_for_austerity.pdf

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Bifo : La défaite de l’anti-Europe libérale commence en Italie

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Le mouvement de Beppe Grillo est la nouveauté de ces élections. Il recueille surtout des voix parmi les mouvements de gauche et ils recueille aussi des voix à droite. Beppe Grillo – qui a une formation de gauche autonome et antiautoritaire – a déclaré à plusieurs reprises que son mouvement avait l’intention de soustraire des voix à la droite, et il y est parvenu.

Je ne crois pas que le M5S pourra gouverner l’Italie, là n’est pas le propos. La fonction importante et positive que le mouvement a exercée est celle de rendre le pays ingouvernable pour les anti-européens du parti de Merkel-Draghi-Monti.

L’électorat italien a dit : nous ne payerons pas la dette. Insolvabilité.

La gouvernance financière de l’Europe est finie, même si Berlusconi et Bersani se mettent d’accord pour survivre et continuer à appauvrir le pays en transférant les ressources vers le système financier. Ça ne durera pas. Mais alors le pire peut commencer.

La classe financière essayera d’étrangler l’Italie comme elle a étranglé la Grèce. La crise politique entrera dans une phase de violence et de convulsion. L’issue peut apparaître effrayante. Mafia et fascisme ont prouvé qu’ils contrôlent 30% de l’électorat italien, et la gauche n’existe plus. La sécession du Nord reviendra à l’ordre du jour, même si la Ligue du Nord s’est effondrée.

Pourtant, au contraire, peut commencer un processus qui libère l’Europe de la violence du capital financier, une reconstruction de l’Europe sur des bases sociales.

 

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Les contradictions de l’open data

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« Les ministères gagneront à la libération des données publiques »...

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Les débats de l’open data se concentrent sur les conditions de réutilisation des données publiques (informations météo, trafic, démographie). Gratuites ? Gratuites sous conditions ? Payantes si elles ont fait l’objet d’un investissement ? La complexité de ces questions tient surtout au manque d’homogénéité des parties prenantes. A priori, les lignes sont claires. D’un côté, l’administration, détentrice de l’information. De l’autre, les consommateurs : sociétés privées, chercheurs, citoyens. Au centre, les promoteurs de cette libération : la sphère politique, et en particulier le gouvernement. Chacun de ces acteurs affiche cependant en son sein des positions et des intérêts souvent divergents.

 

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Roubini: Ten QE Questions

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Most observers regard unconventional monetary policies such as quantitative easing (QE) as necessary to jump-start growth in today’s anemic economies. But questions about the effectiveness and risks of QE have begun to multiply as well. In particular, ten potential costs associated with such policies merit attention.

 

First, while a purely “Austrian” response (that is, austerity) to bursting asset and credit bubbles may lead to a depression, QE policies that postpone the necessary private- and public-sector deleveraging for too long may create an army of zombies: zombie financial institutions, zombie households and firms, and, in the end, zombie governments. So, somewhere between the Austrian and Keynesian extremes, QE needs to be phased out over time.


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Egypt bakers threaten strike over payments

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Egyptian bakers are threatening strike action unless the government meets demands including back-payment of financial incentives, raising the prospect of fresh unrest in the crisis-ridden north African country.

Abdullah Ghorab, head of the bakers' association which represents 25,000 private bakeries across the country, said imminent strike action has been postponed following a meeting with the government. The association gave the government 15 days to meet its demands.Any shortage of bread in Egypt would likely touch off unrest as the government grapples with an economic crisis rooted in two years of political turmoil. The heavily-indebted state faces a deficit that will hit 12.3 percent of GDP in the year to the end of June unless economic reforms are implemented.
 A country of 84 million, Egypt is the biggest importer of wheat in the world. The state has long subsidised bread production, with the cheapest loaves selling for 5 piastres, or less than 1 US cent.(...)Ghorab said the 25,000 privately-run bakeries represented in his association include 19,000 that produce 5-piastre loaves, and 6,000 more that produce 20 piastre loaves. The state operates another 107 bakeries, he added. Ghorab said the government owed bakeries 400 million Egyptian pounds ($59.34 million) in payments dating back six months. The payments cover an incentive paid to bakers to produce low-price loaves and an extra subsidy to cover higher fuel prices. "The head of the government and the supply minister came to us and promised that within 15 days they would meet the demands of the owners of the bakeries," Ghorab said. More on: http://www.tradearabia.com/news/MISC_231522.html


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The trouble with austerity: Cutting is more about ideology than economics

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Austerity fetishism is simply the latest expression of free market orthodoxy.

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Update: Court obliges Egypt to demolish Gaza tunnels

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A Cairo administrative court on Tuesday ruled that Egypt must demolish all illegal tunnels between itself and Gaza.

"According to the law, the state must control ports and areas of entry to and exit from its lands," the court headed by Judge Abdel Hamid al-Moqannen said.

The ruling is enforceable by all state institutions especially the ministries of interior and defence, a judicial source told Aswat Masriya.

Ex-MP Hamdi al-Fakharani had filed a lawsuit to demand obliging President Mohamed Mursi to demolish all tunnels, 450 main tunnel and 750 sub-tunnels, between Sinai and Gaza.

The campaign Egypt launched months ago to seal off smuggling tunnels between its land and the Gaza Strip causes thousands of Palestinians to lose their means of subsistence.

The underground network of tunnels is a lifeline to Gaza through which around 30 percent of the goods that reach the strip are smuggled.

 

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